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Get Lit Salon Series

Spirited conversation. Literary culture.

Inspired by 18th century salons, Get Lit is a night of spirited conversation and literary culture every first Thursday at Valley Bar in the Reading Room (130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004) from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Salons are hosted by local writers, professors, or other members of the community, who speak for three to five minutes on a topic of their choice before opening up the conversation to the room. Guests must be 21 or older. Everyone is welcome. All salons are free. 

To learn more about Get Lit, you can view upcoming salons below or learn more about Get Lit. You can also meet this month's host or view past salons

Have something you'd like talk about? Know someone who does? Nominate yourself or someone else to host today!

This Month's Salon

Get Lit: To Self-Publish or Not with Dharma Kelleher
Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 7:00pm

What new opportunities does self-publishing offer to authors? Does it create power for authors who may have been or are still marginalized? Does it maintain power within the larger publishing industry? What are the costs of self-publishing? What are the risks? Should writers organizations, review journals, and awards competitions be open to books regardless of how they are published? Is self-publishing legitimate? What does legitimacy in the context of the publishing industry even mean?

This Month's Host

Photograph of Dharma Kelleher

Dharma Kelleher writes gritty crime fiction with a feminist kick and is one of the only openly transgender voices in the genre. She is the author of the Jinx Ballou Bounty Hunter series and the Shea Stevens Outlaw Biker series. Her work has also appeared in anthologies and on Shotgun Honey. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, the International Thriller Writers, and the Alliance of Independent Authors. She lives in Arizona with her wife and two house panthers. Learn more about Dharma and her work at